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Are Air Conditioning Refrigerants Being Phased Out?

You might not think often about how your air conditioner works, but it needs refrigerant to keep your house cold. This refrigerant is bound by environmental rules, since it contains chemicals.

Depending on when your air conditioner was installed, it may use R-22, R-410A or R-32 refrigerant. We’ll go over the differences and which air conditioner refrigerants are being phased out in Redford, in addition to how these phaseouts affect you.

What’s R-22 and Why is It Discontinued?

If your air conditioner was added before 2010, it possibly has Freon®. You can learn if your air conditioner uses it by contacting us at 313-230-4053. You can also look at the name plate on your air conditioner condenser, which is found outside your home. This sticker will have information on what kind of refrigerant your AC has.

Freon, which is also known as R-22, has chlorine. Scientists consider this chemical to be damaging to the earth’s ozone layer and one that results in global warming. The Environmental Protection Agency, which governs refrigerants in the United States, banned its production and import in January 2020.

Should I Replace My R-22 Air Conditioner?

It depends. If your air conditioning is cooling as designed, you can continue to use it. With regular air conditioner maintenance, you can expect your AC to operate around 15–20 years. However, the Department of Energy notes that substituting a 10-year-old air conditioner could save you 20–40% on yearly cooling costs!

If you don’t install a new air conditioner, it could cause a problem if you have to have air conditioning repair later on, specifically for refrigerant. Repairs might be pricier, since only reduced amounts of recycled and reclaimed R-22 is on hand.

With the discontinuation of R-22, many new air conditioners now rely on Puron®. Also known as R-410A, this refrigerant was developed to keep the ozone layer strong. Since it needs a varying pressure level, it doesn’t match air conditioners that use R-22 for cooling.

However, Puron still has the possibility to lead to global warming. As a result, it might also sometime be phased out. Although it hasn’t been disclosed yet for residential air conditioners, it’s expected sometime this decade.

What Refrigerant Will Replace R-410A?

In preparation of the phaseout, some companies have begun using R-32 in new air conditioners. This refrigerant is classified low for global warming possibility—about one-third less than R-410A. And it also decreases energy use by about 10%, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. That’s savings that might be passed on to you through your energy bills.

Airtronic Heating & Cooling Can Provide Support with All Your Air Conditioning Needs

In summary, the alterations to air conditioner refrigerant probably won’t concern you a whole lot until you require repairs. But as we reviewed beforehand, refrigerant repairs might be more expensive due to the limited levels available.

In addition to that, your air conditioner usually stops working at the worst time, often on the muggiest day when we’re getting lots of other requests for AC repair.

If your air conditioner relies on an outdated refrigerant or is more than 15 years old, we suggest getting a modern, energy-efficient air conditioner. This provides a hassle-free summer and could even reduce your electrical expenses, especially if you select an ENERGY STAR®-rated model. Plus, Airtronic Heating & Cooling provides many financing options to make your new air conditioner fit your budget. Contact us at 313-230-4053 to start today with a free estimate.

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